Welcome back! We hope you’ve all had a well-deserved break and are ready to take on the new term!
We’ve broken down everything that’s related to Summer term 2018 in the Education sector! From changes to the Ofsted’s inspection handbook, to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), this blog will, hopefully, get you up-to-date with the latest from the DfE, and will highlight what to expect this term.
What to expect from the DfE this term
Mental health green paper
On 4 December 2017, the DfE and Department of Health released ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper’ which outlines what the government wants to do to help children and young people with their mental health.
The consultation ended on 2 March, and the outcomes should be published this term. For a breakdown of the core proposals that were outlined in the consultation, read our free guidance document.
The DfE released a consultation on strengthening career progression and the QTS on 15 December 2017. The consultation outlined proposals for strengthening the QTS and for improving career progression for teachers throughout their careers.
The consultation ended on 9 March, so the outcomes should be published this term. To find out the main takeaway points from the consultation, read our free guidance document.
The biggie! On 22 February, the KCSIE consultation ended. The consultation sought views on a number of changes to the statutory KCSIE, including information around safer recruitment, allegations of abuse made against staff and online safety.
We can expect to see the outcome of the consultation in the next few weeks, if the DfE are on track for publishing within their self-imposed 12-week deadline – we wait with baited breath!
Working together to safeguard children
On 26 February, the government released their response to the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance’ consultation, which sought views on the proposed changes to the guidance. While not all of the changes impact schools directly, it is important that schools have an understanding of how local safeguarding arrangements will be changing.
Our free Working Together to Safeguarding Children Consultation Outcome guidance document outlines the government’s response to the consultation, how this statutory guidance will be changed, and how this will affect schools. We expect the DfE to release the statutory guidance alongside the publication of KCSIE.
Free school meals (FSM)
On 22 March 2018, the DfE released guidance about FSM and transitional protection arrangements under Universal Credit. The guidance outlines schools’ responsibilities in providing FSM to disadvantaged pupils and applies to school leaders, school staff and governing boards in all maintained schools, academies and free schools, and came into effect in April 2018.
Our free Free School Meals – 3 Minute Read breaks down the key points from the DfE’s guidance, allowing you to get up-to-date quickly.
Our Free School Meal Registration Letter and Eligibility Form can be used to explain to parents how they can register their child for FSM, and includes a simple form for data collection.
The National Funding Formula
In September 2017, the DfE published ‘The national funding formula for schools and high needs’, which explained the changes the government is making to the school funding system in order to support the introduction of the national funding formula. The national funding formulae for schools, high needs and the central school services block came into effect in April 2018.
For a summary of the DfE’s policy paper, including a breakdown of the key changed to school funding, read our The National Funding Formula for Schools and High Needs – 3 Minute Read.
National Gardening week
30 April is National Gardening Week — utilise this week effectively with our Gardening Resource Pack. Learning about gardening and how to grow fruit and vegetables, as well as the plant growing cycle, can help pupils understand the natural world and the connection between plants and the environment, including how this affects them.
Our resource pack includes a gardening policy and risk assessment to ensure the possible risks associated with gardening are explored, with the appropriate control measures in place to mitigate those risks.
May brings with it the beginning of exams… the word that brings so much dread! But, it doesn’t need to be so stressful! Using time effectively, both in school and at home, can not only be beneficial to exam results, but also state of mind. Revising can be challenging at the best of times; trying to find the balance between not working enough and over-working can be difficult.
Our Supporting Pupils with Revision and Timetables document contains advice to help pupils manage their time, and also includes a timetable so pupils can easily plan out their revision schedule.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week begins on 14 May and this year, it will be focussing on stress!
A pupil’s time at school is meant to be a time of self-discovery, education and self-improvement; however, it can also be one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. Alongside this, amounting workloads and decreasing budgets are causing strain and adding pressure to school staff.
Our Stress Management Resource Pack contains policies, guidance, leaflets, templates, posters, a staff presentation and questionnaires, all of which can be used to help reduce stress levels for both pupils and staff within your school!
In order to help those who are not our customers, we gave away our Spotting Signs of Stress in the Workplace guidance document, which explores the symptoms of stress, how it can be managed, when you should seek help and how to help others – helping your school staff to self-assess their own mental health.
Join in the celebrations that week on Twitter, with the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)
IDAHO was created on 17 May in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally. 14 years on, and 17 May has established itself as the single most important date for LGBT communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale. The day represents an annual landmark to draw attention to the alarming situations faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people, and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
Last term, the CofE Education Office released guidance for CofE schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. Whilst intended for CofE schools, the guidance contains useful advice for all schools and academies, all of which can be found in our free 10 Ways to Tackle HBT Bullying guide.
Join in the celebrations that week on Twitter, with the hashtag #IDAHOT.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you the date for this one, but here it is anyway! On 25 May the introduction of the GDPR will come into effect. The GDPR heralds the biggest shake up in EU data protection law in over 25 years.
In order to ensure you are prepared and on the right track for the looming deadline, we created our free GDPR: the ultimate guide for schools. This guide contains our following guidance documents:
- GDPR: School Survival Guide
- GDPR – How to Prepare
- Data Protection Roles in Schools
- Seven Things Schools Need to Know About Consent to be GDPR-Compliant
And the following checklists, so you can take immediate action:
- GDPR Document Checklist: What do Schools Need?
- Preparing for the GDPR: A Checklist for Governors and MAT Trustees Template
- Data Protection Officer (DPO) Job Description Compliant with the GDPR
Furthermore, to ensure complete compliance, download our GDPR Resource Pack — it contains policies, guidance, 3-Minute Reads, checklists, trackers, DPO job descriptions and tools to ensure your school is working compliantly with regards to data protection. Our GDPR Compliant Privacy Notices resource pack contains privacy notices for school staff, pupils and families, third parties, and a child-friendly privacy notice for pupils over the age of 13, enabling your school to confidently process data openly and in line with the new regulations.
The Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) is an online portal that collects information about how asbestos is managed in state-funded schools and academies, and if it is managed in compliance with legislation and guidance. The AMAP required responsible bodies of all state-funded schools and academies to complete the process and submit an assurance declaration to the ESFA, confirming how their school manages asbestos.
The AMAP portal will be open for three months – the process must be completed and an assurance declaration sent to the ESFA, by 12:00pm on 31 May.
Our free guidance outlines what the AMAP is and the duties of the responsible bodies and schools.
On 10 April, the DfE launched a consultation seeking views from FE providers, including colleges and sixth-forms, regarding performance reporting arrangements, in an effort to improve transparency, accountability and accessibility of information.
The consultation closes on 10 June. Our free guidance document summarises the key proposals from the consultation document, alongside the questions that are being asked.
School Diversity Week
School Diversity Week starts on 2 July and is the national celebration of LGBT+ equality in schools.
What Ofsted says: “[School Diversity Week] demonstrates leaders’ commitment to raising pupils’ awareness and enhancing their personal development and welfare, including their tolerance and respect for others.”
Our LGBT Resource Pack contains policies, leaflets and guidance to help your school promote equality and diversity across its community.
Our free guidance document outlines ways in which school leaders can make their school more gender-neutral.
Join in the celebrations that week on Twitter, with the hashtag #SDW18.
Summer term essentials
Hopefully, this Summer term will bring the sun with it! If our prayers are answered, make sure your school has our Hot Weather Resource Pack to hand! It contains an array of policies and a parental consent form to ensure the health and safety of your pupils during a heatwave!
What’s Summer in Britain without a BBQ? Come rain or shine you can trust on us Brits to be out there bracing any element in order to feast upon an array of charred meats. Is your school planning on holding a BBQ this term? If so, you will need our BBQ Risk Assessment to explore the possible risks and mitigate them to ensure the health and safety of the school community.
If your school is having a BBQ, the chances are, you are also hosting a Summer fair. Summer fairs can be a good way to raise funds, and also to bring the school community together.
Our Summer Fair Risk Assessment explores the possible risks concerning hosting a Summer fair at school, and the control measures that can be introduced in order to mitigate those risks.
Governing boards are required to meet at least once a term, where they will discuss key school issues and the position in which the governing board and school are in and focus on moving this forward. Our Summer Governing Board Agenda Template demonstrates the different topics which would be appropriate to discuss at a governing board meeting taking place in the Summer term.
Have a great Summer term!
At Hub4Leaders, we believe schools flourish when educators are left to educate! So, we support over 20,000 school leaders and governors just like you with legislative requirements, admin headaches and compliance responsibilities, by providing actionable advice alongside all the necessary model documents – leaving you to do what you do best!
Here’s to a successful Summer term – don’t worry, we will be with you every step of the way!